Narrative and Theory
Area of Study
Creative Writing, English, Literature, Literatures in English
Taught In English
Prerequisites58121 Fictional Forms OR 58216 Imagining the RealThese requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionBased on practice, and oriented towards the production of writing, this subject focuses on the large field of narrative theory and its essential elements. Students study and practise aspects of narrative, including point of view, temporality, mimesis and diegesis, and story and plot development. A range of narrative theory and writing is studied and discussed, integrating practical work with critical reflection and enabling students to produce a critical essay on theory along with a piece of narrative writing.Subject objectivesa. Write using creative and imaginative practicesb. Analyse and edit criticallyc. Reflect on the complexities of narrative theory and the application of theory to practiced. Apply theoretical approaches to their own writingContribution to the development of graduate attributesThis subject addresses the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:1. Professional Readiness1.1 Graduates possess a well-developed awareness of professional practices and methods appropriate to all forms of creative writing, including fiction, non-fiction, film, poetry and television2. Critical and Creative Inquiry2.1 Graduates are reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative, and innovative2.2 Graduates possess well-developed critical and creative inquiry skills that demonstrate historical awareness and the ability to understand, reproduce and experiment within existing genres6. Effective Communication6.1 Graduates possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to respond and communicate effectively and appropriately across different contexts and platforms including oral, digital and other forms of written communication.Teaching and learning strategiesFace to face classes in the first half of semester incorporate a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, pair presentations, analysis of readings and small group discussions. Students will be also asked to present to the class a seminar on a literary movement and analyse an example from a chosen text that represents this literary movement. The class will then provide feedback. In the second half of the semester these teaching strategies will be further complemented by group workshopping and peer feedback.ContentThis subject contextualizes writing by examining literary movements and narrative theory. It involves the study and analysis of narrative theory and its application to the students? own practice. It covers a trajectory from early epic narratives through to the rise of the novel, realist representation, narrative and time, modernism and the cinema, postmodernism, and narrative and technology.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Theory PresentationObjective(s):a, b and cWeight: 20%Length:5-10 min presentationCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsDepth of analysis 30 b 2.1Application of theory 30 c 2.2Clarity of expression 20 a 6.1Relevance of sources 20 b 1.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Theoretical EssayObjective(s):a, b, c and dWeight: 20%Length:Up to 1,000 wordsCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsClarity of expression 15 a 6.1Depth of analysis 40 b 2.1Accuracy of research 20 c 1.1Relevance of sources used 25 d 2.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: Narrative and TheoryObjective(s):a, b, c and dWeight: 60%Length:Maximum 3000 wordsCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsClarity of expression 20 c 6.1Originality or strength of idea 20 a 1.1Depth of analysis 20 b, d 2.1Creativity 40 c, d 2.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomes
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.